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The Catholic EnlightenmentThe Forgotten History of a Global Movement$
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Ulrich L. Lehner

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190232917

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190232917.001.0001

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Saints and Sinners

Saints and Sinners

(p.154) 6 Saints and Sinners
The Catholic Enlightenment

Ulrich L. Lehner

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the lives of the official canonized saints and the phenomena of Jansenist miracles in the eighteenth century, since both of these embody religious views that would be considered modern today. Sainthood during this period emphasized more localized, human-centered religious acts of heroic virtue, such as efforts to assist the poor and abandoned. Some of the saints were also rebels of their time, as they called for reformations that later historians would consider more in line with the modern theologies of today. Finally, this chapter argues we ought to take the intellectual and societal contributions of the saints and also the Jansenists seriously when reconstructing the history of the eighteenth century.

Keywords:   canonized saints, Jansenists, martyrs, sainthood, Enlightenment period, Catholic Enlightenment, Alphonsus of Liguori, Benedict Labre, Nuns of Compiegne, French Revolution

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